We get plenty of the collection bags through the door from Cancer Research/Barnardos etc, but today just a flyer. I've copied it out exactly below (including spelling errors etc)
For yourself and those who love you. Clothing colleection Can you spare your old unwanted clothes FOR BREAST CANCER PREVENTION PROGRAMME Breast cancer marks every 9th women in Europe.
We would be grateful if you could kinydonate your unwanted Ladies & Mens, children clothing Also curtains, towels, handbags, soft toys & paired shoes. Each month we make a minimum contribution of £1500 to the project from the procceds raised from the sale of donated clothing. Your donations are sent to the third world countries to help clothe the poor Our company provides jobs in the sorting of clothes for distribution. If provides business for the UK expert and transport companies If provides employment for the UK factories grading the clothes and people collecting the bags door to door.
OK, so what exactly are they doing with people's donations? Is this raising money for an (unidentified) breast cancer prevention programme? Or do they send the clothes to the third world (clothing them with curtains and soft toys...)? Or do they just contribute a minimal amount of cash and then sell the donated goods and keep the rest for themselves?
I found the whole thing so dodgy that I looked up the company named at the bottom - not a charity mind you, just a company reg. no. - and according to this article they were wound up in March for financial irregularities. So why are we getting flyers still put through the door?
I know I could just ignore it, but two local charity shops closed earlier this year because the rents went up and they weren't getting enough donations to cover costs. It really annoys me that people are using 'buzz words' like cancer care, third world poverty etc to try and con people into giving to them, when decent charities working in the local community can't survive.
Yanbu, we usually get 2/3 of these bags per week, I use them as rubbish bags. Though a couple of my neighbours have used them for donations & put them out on the day but a week later they've still not been collected so the companies can't be that fussed in the first place!